As the nights grow warmer and summer thunderstorms appear, conditions should improve for the arrival of fireflies, which light up the sky on evening tide. Maybe this will be a bounty season for them. Some years they seem to be more plentiful than others.
Sometimes we wonder if light pollution is causing many of them to move far away. We find that the best opportunity to see an abundance of fireflies is to drive down a country road, turn off the vehicle lights and see a field full of fireflies.
Nothing is more beautiful in summer than an evening full of fireflies. Each evening I will spend a few minutes counting fireflies and recording the results; I will let you know the results.
Strawberry harvest nearing the end
The strawberry season in Piedmont is approaching its last days. There’s still plenty of time to visit the local field near you to pick several gallons to freeze for the winter. Strawberries prepared for the freezer are best fresh.
Still time to plant at four o’clock
The colorful four o’clock plants can still be planted in the warm June soil. They thrive in all soil types and bloom until frost. Use some Flower-Tone Organic Flower Food to get them off to a good start.
Verbs in traffic lights
Verbena thrives well in hanging baskets and an unusual feature of Verbena is the way it cascades down the sides of hanging baskets, filling the inside and outside of the baskets with colorful blooms and foliage. Place about three plants in each basket, spaced enough apart to give them plenty of space and not get tied to roots. Feed them Flower-Tone Organic Flower Food once a month and water every evening. They will bloom all summer long. Pinch off spent buds to encourage new buds.
Plant purslane in a pot
It can be called desert rose, cactus flower or rose moss. Whatever you call it, it’s colorful and loves summer warmth. It blooms fresh and new every morning when the summer sun shines. The flowers are red, yellow, white, orange, pink, brown, burgundy, burgundy and bronze. She will bloom if you buy her in packs of six and nine. It can be planted in a large container or tub to create a rainbow of colours. As the foliage grows, it will fall over the sides of the tub or container, producing more flowers.
Impatiens make colorful baskets
Of all the annual summer flowers used to fill hanging baskets, Impatiens are the best and most colorful as they cascade across the baskets and produce hundreds of colorful flowers. Only plant about three plants per basket to allow them to spread.
Care of the Christmas cactus
All Christmas cacti spend the summer in a semi-sunny spot on the porch. The containers are refilled weekly with cactus medium and drunk with fresh water. I feed them Flower-Tone organic flower food once a month. If the cactus leaves turn reddish, this is a signal from the cactus that it is getting too much sun and needs to be moved.
Keep planting tomatoes
To ensure a long tomato harvest all summer long, put out a four-pack of plants every week as long as you can find healthy plants. Use calcium carbonate (powdered lime) in the bottom of the furrow when planting to prevent blossom end rot and feed with Tomato-Tone Organic Tomato Food. Water the plants with the water stick during weeks when little rain is forecast. This will also help prevent blossom end rot.
Cool hanging baskets
The sun shines all day on the traffic lights and buckets and dries out the earth. In “Shower” mode, use the water wand or a spray can to apply water until it runs out of the holes in the bottom of containers and baskets. Apply water in the late afternoon or early evening.
keep birds cool
Keep the birds returning to the baths each day by topping up the baths with cool fresh water and emptying the sun-heated water from the all-day sun. This keeps the water from being infested with egg-laying insects and pollen and debris, and provides fresh, cool water for all types of birds.
Check your ferns
The ferns are lush and green as they spend the summer in a half sun spot on the deck. They need a sip of water every afternoon to refresh and cool off. The panda and asparagus ferns need trimming every month to encourage new growth. A monthly application of Flower-Tone Organic Flower Food will give them a boost.
4 chicken breasts
1 head or 1 pound bag of chopped broccoli
1 large egg
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz. Packet of parmesan cheese
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup milk
1 small bag of cornbread filling
1½ sticks butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the chicken until tender, remove the skin, debone and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Cook broccoli until tender. Place the shredded chicken in a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and add the cooked broccoli. Mix the soup, egg, parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, and milk in a bowl and pour over the chicken and broccoli. Top casserole with filling. Melt the butter and drizzle over the filling. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Will serve five.
A husband came home to find his new bride crying. “I ironed your new suit and burned a hole in the seat of your new pants.” “Never mind,” the husband replied. “Remember, I have an extra pair of pants for this suit.” “Yes, you’re lucky,” said his bride, “I used these to patch the hole!”